Exhibition:

Jute

Pigeon Tower 02

Period: 22 June 2020
Mycelium: Shitake. Processed blocks from fallen tower 01.
Weather: Sunny, 22 degrees, no precipitation
Supplier: Wouter Hassing, Mycophylia mushroom nursery, Lelystad.
Type: Round, 190cm high.

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Jute - Pigeon Tower 02 Ben Hopley

The remains of the collapsed tower of the first experiment were inserted in a long burlap tube. Burlap is a biodegradable textile, and provides structure and nourishment to the mycelium. We rolled up the burlap tube like a big turban. We hoped the mycelium would continue to grow within the burlap and merge into one strong structure. But it didn’t.

The mycelium had already lost its vitality because of our mishandling combined with very warm and sunny weather. After a few weeks the tower was removed and the mycelium composted. Perhaps burlap deserves another chance.